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Political Science Alumni Discuss Careers in the Nonprofit Sector

Posted by: wichmannkm | October 27, 2016 | No Comment |
From left to right – Marijana Radic Boone (‘01), James Carroll (’12), Leah Cockerham (’14), and Dr. Phil Jos

From left to right – Marijana Radic Boone (‘01), James Carroll (’12), Leah Cockerham (’14), and Dr. Phil Jos

The Department of Political Science hosted the second luncheon in their Career Café Series on October 14. The event focused on nonprofit sector career opportunities, and featured alumni participants Marijana Radic Boone (’01), Director of Advancement Services at College of Charleston; James Carroll (’12), Managing Director at The Islands Society; and Leah Cockerham (’14), Former Program Manager and Executive Assistant at Engaging Creative Minds. In addition, College of Charleston Master of Public Administration Director, Dr. Phil Jos, shared valuable information about employment trends and various tips on how to become involved in the nonprofit sector.

The panelists spoke about why they were interested in working in the nonprofit sector, their career paths, and how majoring in political science helped prepare them for their roles. Even though each panelist’s career path was unique, all of the speakers expressed a desire to make a difference and to work in an area that where they have a true passion. They emphasized the importance of writing and technology skills along with the ability to fundraise, oversee budgets, and be creative. Compared to for-profit institutions, small nonprofits typically give their employees the ability to take on responsibilities at earlier points in their careers and to obtain new skills at a quicker pace.

According to Political Science Department Chair, Gibbs Knotts, “we have many distinguished alumni in the nonprofit sector and very much appreciate Marijana, James, and Leah taking the time to visit with our students.”

Given the success of the first two Career Café Series events, the department plans to offer two additional spring luncheons, focusing on careers in the public and private sectors.

under: Alumni, Events, Student

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